James's dissertation, "Settling Down for the Long Haul: The Struggle for Freedom Rights in Southwest Georgia, 1945-1995," examines the African-American struggle for equal rights in southwest Georgia through the lens of the long civil rights movement. He received his B.A. from the University of North Texas in 2008 and his M.A. from the University of Houston in 2011.
Gregory Graduate Research Award, University of Georgia History Department (2012).
Gregory Graduate Research Award, University of Georgia History Department (2013).
John Hope Franklin Center Research Grant, Duke University (2013).
Gregory Graduate Research Award, UGA History Department (2014).
Graduate Research Award, Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, University of Georgia (2015).
Summer Doctoral Research Fellowship, UGA Graduate School (2015).
Phelps-Stokes Graduate Fellowship, UGA Graduate School (2015-2016).